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Between Two Fires-Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras [Paperback]

David Baird
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1 Nov 2011
What really occurred in Spain's Forgotten War? Years of research were necessary to dig out long-concealed informat­ion about that desperate anti-Franco guerrilla conflict. Though the events recounted in this book occurred more than half a century ago, they have never been more relevant than today as Spain struggles to come to terms with its recent history.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Maroma Press (1 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8461220536
  • ISBN-13: 978-8461220533
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Baird is a Shropshire-born writer who has travelled the world in seek of adventure. An experienced foreign correspondent, editor and photographer, he has worked on newspapers and magazines from Ottawa and Oswestry to Hong Kong and Antwerp, including The Times of London, the Daily Express, the Brisbane Telegraph and the Far Eastern Economic Review.
For some years resident in a village in southern Spain, he has twice won Spain's national travel-writing award for foreign writers and journalists. His reports on Spain, Portugal and North Africa have appeared in many publications, including Maclean's Magazine (Toronto), The Economist, Daily Telegraph, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Sydney Morning Herald and South China Morning Post.
His most recent books, published by Maroma Press, are:
*Sunny Side Up - The 21st century hits a Spanish village (new edition)
*Typhoon Season - a fast-paced thriller set in Hong Kong
*Between Two Fires - Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras -- a highly praised documentary of a forgotten conflict which followed the Spanish Civil War
*Don't Miss The Fiesta! - a stranger arrives in a remote Spanish village and finds himself embroiled in disturbing events
His other books include:
*Inside Andalusia - travels in southern Spain
*East of Malaga - Essential guide to the Axarquía and Costa Tropical
*Versatile Guide to Spain
*Back Roads of Southern Spain - exploring the lesser-known parts of Andalusia
*The Incredible Gulf - travel in the Australian Outback

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This book will come as a revelation, for Frigiliana and its surroundings were the scene of an epic, bloody struggle between the Civil Guard and the guerrilla. A struggle hardly mentioned in the official press, almost unreported outside Spain and today, so long afterwards, difficult to research in sufficient detail.
The experienced British writer and journalist David Baird has been living for years in Frigiliana and knows its people well. There could be nobody better suited to tell this story, and he has done so magnificently, devoting years to interviewing survivors and their families and burrowing into the archives. Local history? Yes, but local history that sheds intense and necessary light on the larger issues. -- Ian Gibson, Lorca biographer --Prologue, Between Two Fires

"Profoundly researched, deeply sympathetic to the subject and compellingly written." -- Perrott Phillips, British journalist and author --Website comment

La escena que pinta David Baird (Oswestry, Reino Unido, 1936) en la primera página de Historia de los maquis - Entre dos fuegos es devastadora. Es el 20 de enero de 1952, Frigiliana celebra sus fiestas patronales. El pueblo, con las fuerzas vivas en el primer banco, oye misa, mientras un mulo carga el cuerpo sin vida de un hombre hasta el cuartel de la Guardia Civil... --Malaga Hoy, newspaper, Sept. 7, 2008

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British writer David Baird spent more than five years investigating a subject that for long was taboo: a Communist-led rebellion against the Franco dictatorship that raged for years after the 1936-39 Civil War.
He has unearthed:
* important new details of United States involvement in the guerrilla movement -- members of the OSS secretly trained and armed Communists in North Africa;
* confidential reports which throw a grim light on the murder of three young villagers by Civil Guards;
* how close the Allies came to invading Spain during the Second World War.
The book is published at a critical time as Spain seeks to come to terms with past injustices. Parliament recently passed the Ley de Memoria Historica which aims to "heal wounds still open among the Spanish and satisfy the citizens who suffered, directly or through their families, the consequences of the Civil War tragedy or the repression of the Dictatorship".

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Unknown Spanish Civil War 24 Mar 2011
By Magnus
Think you know about the Spanish Civil War? Think again. It rumbled on for years in the high sierras and David Baird has done a fantastic job unearthing this hidden history. Here he tells the often chilling tale of how guerilla war raged in and around the Andalucian village he has lived in since the 1960s. For years after Franco swept into power families and communities were caught in a vicious struggle between the brutal Guardia Civil and the fighters living rough in the mountains. Baird speaks to those on both sides of the bloody divide and this books works as both a superb piece of investigative journalism and as an important work of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid, moving, and true. 12 Mar 2010
Between Two Fires - is a vivid, moving and tragic history of the guerrilla struggles after the end of the Spanish Civil war when defeated republicans refused to give up and took to the hills between Malaga and Granada. It is meticulously researched and beautifully written history of the village of Frigiliana, where the author has lived for many years.The story of this classic white village, for years trapped between the ruthless Civil Guard and guerrillas led by a legendary chieftain named Roberto, is based on offical archives and interviews with survivors. Even now, Spain is still dealing with unresolved issues from the Civil War and its aftermath...and this story deserves to be better known. It has been warmly praised by two of the most eminent historians of the Spanish Civil War, Paul Preston and Ian Gibson, while incidents similar to the ones David Baird describes were the starting point for our own mystery novel " Blood Wedding."

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5.0 out of 5 stars In The Footsteps of Gerald Brenan 11 May 2011
For anyone who has interest in the 'real' Spain, this book is going to be very valuable to you. Following in the footsteps of Gerald Brenan's 'The Spanish Labyrinth', David Baird has researched thoroughly the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. This book details the accounts and interviews of surviving guerrillas who lived in the mountains behind Baird's adopted home in the Andalucian village of Frigiliana. Their struggle against General Franco's fascism and the 'Guardia Civil' is described in depth. Authors and historians Paul Preston and Ian Gibson have showered praise on this remarkable book. This should be a major motion picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well- Researched and Deeply Moving. 23 Jun 2011
This book is a `must read' for anyone who is interested in the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.
The first part is a well-constructed and beautifully-written history of guerrilla warfare in the white village of Frigiliana during the Franco regime.
The second part consists of the first-hand testimony of people who lived in the village of Frigiliana throughout the period.
It must have been incredibly difficult getting them to speak about what happened. It has been a taboo subject in Spain for so long.
Many of those witnesses, old men and women when they told their stories, had died by the time the book was published. If it wasn't for you, David, their stories would have died with them. I think you deserve a medal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's an Eye-opener 2 July 2014
By krysten
I spend a fair amount of the year in the area described, and this was recommended to me by a local expat. It gives the background to the Spanish Civil War as it affected the area and Frigiliana/Nerja in particular. The eyewitness accounts are not always easy to read and some are quite disturbing, but it's made me look under the surface of Andalucia and want to research further.
Although I obviously knew of the Civil War and it's impact etc, I now look at all the old chaps in the local tapas bars and think "they lived thru all that" - incredible!
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